2015 Barrel Select Merlot
Our 2015 Barrel Select Merlot was chosen from our finest barrels of the vintage---ones that showed extraordinary sense of place, as well as exceptional texture and balance. This wine’s terroir expression comes from two Napa Valley vineyards located in the Oak Knoll and Stags Leap appellations. This Merlot’s aromas reveal dark, rustic black cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit notes with hints of dark chocolate, wild sage and violet. Supple tannins and vibrant acidity beautifully frame the flavors and carry them through on the long more bitter espresso-like finish.
2015 Winemakers Reserve
Our 2015 Winemaker’s Reserve is the perfect blend to showcase the nuances of this wonderful vintage. Crafted as a Bordeaux-style blend, this red jumps from the glass with vibrant aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis alongside Christmas spice cake aromas. On the palate, the blend continues to show bright cherry and red berry fruit notes which unfold harmoniously alongside hints of delicate young rose perfume and dusty fine-grained tannins that dance across your palate on the lengthy finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon component delivers rich cassis and blackberry character as well as a powerful structure to the blend, while the Merlot tames the tannins with its silky, soft mid-palate and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate. Cabernet Franc adds a hint of savory wild thyme and gives even more complexity to the upfront fruit profile, as does Malbec with its juicy plum note. Lastly, the seductive floral hint comes from the Petit Verdot. New French oak barrels provide the final layers of this blend, adding baking spices and a vanilla, caramel sweet toast on the finish.